While Working Designs is gone, XSEED has opened its doors and at least so far Jun Iwasaki and Co. do not take 3-4 years to localize and release their games :P.
They also didn't charge me 10-20 bucks over the standard retail price for a free keychain with Wild Arms 4 :P
On topic, Dark Cloud 2 was pure quality. I'm sure that's the reason they beat out the competition for the project.
Games looooong though, and I make it longer by tweaking out my weapons and Steve. Every six months or so I start a new game up and have a blast...but I've never actually finished the damn thing, something always ends up taking my attention away from it.